NFDA Urges FTC to Strengthen Funeral Rule Following Burr Oak Cemetery Tragedy

August 6, 2009
Advertisement

image

This week, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) called on officials at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to extend the Funeral Rule, the federal regulations governing the nation’s funeral homes, to cover all sellers of deathcare goods and services. In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, NFDA CEO Christine Pepper, CAE, reiterated the association’s call for increased consumer protection under the Funeral Rule. Over the past 20 years, NFDA has been joined by consumer groups, such as AARP, in repeatedly petitioning the FTC to expand the Funeral Rule to cover all sellers of funeral goods and services, including cemeteries and crematories.

In her letter, Pepper states: “Any time the government extends regulations

Advertisement

over sellers in an industry or profession, it has the effect of

curtailing the opportunity for abuse. If a seller is not licensed, not

inspected and not regulated by federal, state or local governments, it

operates in a free-for-all world where there is no accountability for

any transgression… NFDA, AARP and other organizations have documented

the harm that consumers have experienced… The FTC has refused to even

investigate these complaints by arguing (without any support or

evidence) that the practices are not pervasive throughout the industry.

As a result, cemetery and crematory consumers continue to suffer from

these reoccurring scandals.”

This letter comes on the heels of

the events surrounding Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill. In July,

Illinois authorities and the FBI launched an investigation into the

illegal exhumation of hundreds of bodies that were allegedly dumped in

a mass grave so that cemetery plots could be resold. Authorities report

that thousands of the dead remain unaccounted for by their families.

To read the letter sent to the FTC by NFDA in its entirety, please visit: http://www.nfda.org/index.php/funeral-profession/newsevts/1838?task=view.

CDFuneralNews

CDFuneralNews

ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com we have created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
CDFuneralNews
Advertisement

You may be interested

IS FACEBOOK NOW PAY-TO-PLAY? | DISRUPTu! 038
DISRUPTu
39 views
DISRUPTu
39 views

IS FACEBOOK NOW PAY-TO-PLAY? | DISRUPTu! 038

CDFuneralNews - February 5, 2018

Are you ready to fight...!? Ready to FIGHT those recent Facebook Newsfeed changes?! You're in luck with this week's brand…

Homesteaders Recognizes Account Executives for Outstanding Achievement
Funeral Industry Press Releases
80 views
Funeral Industry Press Releases
80 views

Homesteaders Recognizes Account Executives for Outstanding Achievement

CDFuneralNews - February 5, 2018

West Des Moines, Iowa — Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in pre-need funeral funding, held its national sales meeting and recognition…

We are Building Something Exciting for You… and We Need Your Help!
News
189 views
News
189 views

We are Building Something Exciting for You… and We Need Your Help!

Justin Crowe - January 31, 2018

We want to make your deathcare job easier. Tell us what you want in this 2-minute survey and get entered to win $100! The Connecting Directors and Disrupt Media teams are excited to be planning some new free funeral home marketing content and products for you in 2018 and we want to know what you need most! We want to know your biggest business wins of 2017, the tasks in your day that you hate, and what you feel is holding you back!

Comments